Stitch Meditation – Day 21 and 22

Have you ever purchased an item before you knew what to do with it? I was drawn to some beautiful sari silk ribbon at the Creativ Festival a few years ago. The variety of colours were amazing and I went back to the booth a few times, drawn to the display, but being overwhelmed with deciding which colours to buy – I couldn’t bring them all home with me. I am using one of the colours below. So pretty!

5 inch stitch meditation with white silk, repurposed sari strips, hand embroidered with cross stitches using perle cotton
Silk, repurposed sari silk, hand dyed perle cotton

The problem I had choosing silk sari ribbon is multiplied when it comes to Oakshott cotton. They have so many stunning colours to choose from! Luckily, I have been gifted some fat quarters and eighths and therefore did not have to make a decision. Oakshott cottons work well with my hand dyed fabrics and I’ve kept every little scrap from projects. This stitch meditation project is the perfect place to be using these.

Day 22 stitch meditation square 100 day stitch meditation challenge doris lovadina-lee textile artist toronto canada
Oakshott Cottons, metallic hand dyed linen, variagated cotton thread, metallic thread

Stitch Resources

  • Blog: What Makes Recycle Sari Silk Ribbon So Special? from Floating Pearl website
  • Online Shop: Why Oakshott?

Steadily creating – One stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 19 and 20

5 inch stitch meditation with grey silk, pink handdyed cotton with perle cotton and rayon thread
Silk, hand dyed cotton, hand dyed perle cotton, rayon thread

There are so many stitches available, yet I keep coming back to the running stitch. It is a versatile stitch.

5 inch stitch meditation with hand dyed canvas stitched with perle cotton thread
Snow dyed canvas, perle cotton, cotton thread

Spacing the stitches and rows closer or farther apart changes the look of the finished piece. Using different size thread such as in the example above creates bold, or delicate lines. Colour too will make an impact. Choose one that blends into the background or one that is bright and colourful! So many options with just one simple stitch!

Stitch Resources:

  • Tutorials: Hand embroidery tutorials by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching: Contemporary Studio for Hand Embroidery blog
  • Blog: Sewing and Stress relief from The Overlook

Keep creating and relaxing – One stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 17 and 18

Slowly continuing to stitch and make marks on cloth. Trying not to worry when I don’t sit and stitch as I had planned.

5 inch stitch meditation hand dyed indigo wool stitched with indigo dyed perle cotton
Indigo dyed wool and perle cotton

Each square is an opportunity for experimentation, new colours, stitches and patterns are emerging.

5 inch stitch meditation with grey shot cotton and hand dyed pink cotton fabrics, running stitches and french knots
Shot cotton, hand dyed cotton, hand dyed perle cotton and rayon thread

Stitch Resources

  • Blog: Cross Stitch and Mindfulness post by Oksana Wadhawan
  • Article: The Calming Effects of Sewing Can Help People Express and Heal Themselves by Clare Hunter

Calmly and purposefully – one stitch at a time.

Stitch Meditation – Day 15 and 16

Searching for: What is the 100 Day Challenge returned a hit list of : 1,500,000,000 results 0.60 seconds! This is a wildly popular search. So I imagine that there are thousands, hundreds of thousands of people wanting to know about and then participating in 100 day challenges.

Day 15 stitch meditation of white linen with blue thread in shape of cross stitched in white thread
White linen and white thread

Searching for: 100 Day Challenges returned a hit list of: 522,000,000 results in 0.30 seconds. The list of examples are endless. It seems that we love participating in setting goals for ourselves. Groups that have set challenges include those that are: losing weight, overcoming gambling addictions, being happy, ending youth homelessness, and creating code.

Reasons to participate:

  • improve productivity
  • achieve business goals faster
  • fast track a goal
  • build positive habits
  • achieve a personal goal
  • create positive reinforcement
  • achieve consistent progress
  • create accountability
  • hone a skill
5 inch stitch meditation using Oakshott cotton fabric and hand dyed perle cotton, running and cross stitches
Oakshott cotton, hand dyed perle cotton

So many options in how you can participate in these challenges – listen to a podcast, post your progress on Facebook or Instagram, sign up and pay for a membership, download an app, join an online group, join an in person group! We have never had so many options to make a change in our lives.

Stitch Resources

  • Podcasts: Best 100 Day Challenge podcasts we could find (Updated March 2019)
  • Website: #The100DayProject is a *free*, global art project. The idea is simple: commit to 100 days of making and sharing your progress on Instagram.
  • Essay: Five Years of 100 Days by Michael Bierut
  • Website: Gary Ryan Blair creator of the 100 Day Challenge

Create a positive habit that is reinforced through repetition – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 13 and 14

Day 13 stitch meditation of the 100 day stitch meditation challenge by toronto artist doris lovadina-lee canada
Indigo wool and perle cotton

Roberta Wagner: Artist

Roberta Wagner is a mixed media artist who uses thread and fabrics in her art practice. I first saw Roberta’s work on Pinterest. Her artwork is calming, ethereal and beautiful. Not surprising since her work is inspired by gardens and a Japanese aesthetic.

Photo Courtesy of Roberta Wagner from Horizon Lines series

Roberta originally began her art career in ceramics and paint. By 2012, tired of the chemicals and dust, Roberta turned to cloth, paint and stitch as her medium. Her blog post: Changing Mediums explains her decision to use textiles in her art practice.

grey square of fabric with hand stitching by Roberta Wagner
Photo Courtesy of Roberta Wagner from Fields series

Roberta is not a full time artist, preferring the freedom of not having to make money from her art. She says: “I have a right left brain thing and I have found over the years I like doing both.”

Not wanting to be a “technique junkie”, Roberta has a limited number of stitches she uses in her work. They are: French knot, simple stitch, occasionally seed stitch and a few that she has made up. She is going to learn to free motion stitch and incorporate that into her work. Roberta has also talked about making her own beads to use in her work. While she has made some colored porcelain beads, she doesn’t know if she will incorporate these.

pair of hands hand stitching on cream fabric
Photo Courtesy of Roberta Wagner

Roberta works daily on her artwork, although that does not necessarily mean she is stitching. Roberta is painting more and will likely incorporate this into her stitched pieces. She is currently experimenting with painting on Washi paper. She loves texture and is “doing more intuitive, wild stitch lately”. I first linked to Roberta’s blog in my post: Stitch Meditation Day 7 and 8.

5 inch stitch meditation with indiog cotton, white linen, indigo silk velvet with perle cotton
Hand dyed indigo cotton, silk velvet, linen rayon and white linen, hand dyed indigo perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Website: Roberta Wagner
  • Instagram: Roberta Wagner on Instagram
  • Article: McKay, Sarah. Why Crafting is Great For Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains.

Scroll through and read Roberta’s beautifully illustrated blog posts. Be inspired and try something new this week – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 11 and 12

Rummaging through the container I prepared filled with scraps of my hand dyed fabrics, I pull out pieces I have forgotten about. These snippets of cloth are intriguing. Separate from the larger piece, where they once belonged. They tell a story unto themselves.

Hand dyed cotton, indigo dyed silk, indigo dyed perle cotton

Layering stitches and ribbon to accentuate the beautiful colors and textures, small pictures develop.

Day 12 stitch meditation of the 100 day stitch meditation journey by doris lovadina-lee quilter toronto canada
Repurposed silk, hand dyed ribbon, metallic thread

Stitch Resources

  • Article: The Intimacy of Hand stitching by Amanda J. Clayton
  • Website: Textile artist Amanda Clayton
  • Blog: Dreaming in Stitches a tangled yarn by Ann Pawley

I hope you are enjoying the process – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – 1st Month Review

I have been hand stitching and completed six squares in the first month of 2019. So far I have been able to keep up with the schedule I made for myself. Sometimes I have time and the will to begin a second square after finishing one. I have also selected fabrics I think will look good together, so when I sit down to do the actual stitching, I am ready to go!

6 five inch squares with hand stitching from first month of project by doris lovadina-lee toronto artist
First month review of 100 Day Stitch Meditations

You will notice a difference in the bottom right square. It was stitched for Day 6 and when it was first posted, there were no stitches on the white linen. But, I didn’t feel as if the piece was complete, so I added more hand stitches in purple perle cotton.

Looking back at the first month:

Where are you on your journey? It doesn’t matter if you haven’t started, just pick up some fabric and thread and make some marks on your cloth – one stitch at a time.

Stitch Meditation – Day 7 and 8

Stitch meditation for day 7, a five inch square with charcol gray, small pink square, rectangular light grey piece stitched to sliver of pink cotton
Hand dyed cotton, rayon thread, hand dyed perle cotton

These are stitch meditations for the 100 Day Stitch Meditation challenge I have set for myself. I am quietly sitting down twice a week in 2019 to hand stitch a five inch square of fabric.

Day 8 stitch meditation of the 100 day stitch meditation journey by doris lovadina-lee quilter toronto canada
Linen, silk, hand dyed perle cotton, cotton thread

Stitch Resources

  • Blog: post by Roberta Wagner
  • ebook: The Power of Five Basic Stitches by Sue Stone

What have you been working on? Keep practicing – one stitch at a time.

Stitch Meditation – Day 9 and 10

Day 9 stitch meditation of the 100 day stitch meditation challenge by toronto artist doris lovadina-lee canada
Hand dyed cotton, hand dyed perle cotton and cotton thread

Stitching meditatively has been the focus of the last few post, but you could also unstitch meditatively! Read Patricia Belyea post: Unstitched where she talks about the experience of taking apart a kimono. Any repetitive project can be a meditative experience, as long as there is intention and focus.

Day 10 stitch meditation of the 100 day stitch meditation journey by doris lovadina-lee quilter toronto canada
Hand dyed cotton, Indigo dyed cotton, hand printed silk and cotton, hand dyed perle cotton and cotton thread

I am a scrap keeper! My quilting friends and I have discussed: what is a scrap, how large is a scrap, how small can a scrap be? The answer differs greatly between us. I am one that keeps pieces of fabric of about 2 inches and larger. The 100 day stitch meditation project is a great place to use these small pieces. For example, the indigo scrap above was used to tie up a scarf before dyeing and the colour on this strip was pretty so I kept it. Below is a book on indigo that I have on my bookshelf to read and another on natural dyeing. There are so many books on and websites on these topics. Which are your favorites?

Stitch Resources

Have you been able to set time away to work on something you love? Keep practicing – one stitch at a time.


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